Category: Gardening

July 22, 2018 Off

Outdoor Wooden Furniture for Your Winter Log Cabin

By Dorthy

It doesn’t matter where you live in the world, the idea of heading to a log cabin in the winter hits the heart of most. Be it a cabin in Maine, Alaska, Georgia, or Texas, across the sea to Ireland or England, no matter where you are headed, to be tucked away in a log cabin during the cold months, even if just for a weekend, is something to look forward to. There is something comforting about all the wood that surrounds you, like old world living, when the houses, furniture, everything was made from wood, makes you feel like you stepped back in time for your holiday.

Maybe you own a rustic log cabin you go and visit seasonally, or you just like renting them for holiday weekends. Maybe your parents or grandparents own one up north but they travel south for the winter leaving it for you to visit during all the fall and winter holiday weekends. Or how about those who just loved the feel of holidays in their rented log cabins that they sold their homes in the city to live in a rustic log cabin for good. It’s not just the cabin that gives you that warm feel that makes you want to return year and year again; it’s everything, the wooden beds and tables, wooden chairs and counter tops, the rustic country feel.

People have lived in rustic log cabins with rustic wooden furniture since our first president George Washington in the 1700’s and maybe even well before. Adding special personal touches like wooden lounge chairs and side tables to your log cabin can help you create your own rustic cozy log home. Bring in wooden chairs, tables; wooding dining sets, even wooden benches along where the window is in the living area is … Read More

July 19, 2018 Off

How to Clean Up Watercolor Spills on Your Carpet

By Dorthy

Drawing and painting is surely one of the best ways to spend your free time. You can unleash your inner creativity and also teaching your kids the same can be a very good way to spend quality time with them. One of the materials which is commonly used in painting projects is watercolor. Watercolor is cheap and can be used to give rise to creative works of arts. Whether you are a skilled painter or you just want to relax and unwind, using watercolor to paint is certainly a good idea.
Sadly, while you are painting accidents can sometimes occur and you may end up spilling your watercolor all over your carpet. This is not a good thing by any stretch as watercolor can really get into your carpet fibers and cause an ugly stain that will make your carpet unattractive and unappealing.
If you are having trouble with a watercolor spill on your carpet, here is a guide that you can use in solving this carpet cleaning problem.
Start off by clearing the area where the spill occurred. Remove any loose objects such as brushes and then extract any of the excess watercolors on the carpet. You can do the latter by absorbing it using some paper towels or a clean white cloth.
Once you have cleared the spill area, all which is left on your carpet now is the watercolor stain. The next step in trying to remove it is by making a cleaning agent to use on the stain. This can be done quite easily by mixing a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with a cup of warm water. Once you have stirred the mixture completely, apply some of it onto the watercolor stain and then let it set for three minutes.
Now you will need to blot … Read More

June 11, 2018 Off

6 Sure Fire Ways to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by a Home Improvement Contractor

By Dorthy

Improving your home can be very rewarding. The return on investment is great in terms of both home value and the feeling you get from making your home a nice place to live. Home improvement projects can be done your own, but, some major projects, like getting a new roof, waterproofing your basement, or installing new windows, is best left to a professional contractor. But, this can be a scary prospect for many home owners. We all seem to know at least one person who hired a contractor then was ripped off. This 6 ways to avoid being scammed by a contractor and get the work done right.
1. Never, Ever Pay the Total Cost Up Front…Especially in Cash!
If the service provider push you to pay for the whole job up front, you can be sure that they’re scamming you.
Paying a deposit is one thing, after all, the contractor has to be sure that HE’S not getting scammed too. But, to pay for the entire job all at once in cash (even if they give you a written receipt) is a huge mistake. Checks and credit cards both provide a paper trail. This way, if you do get ripped off, you can get your money back. If you have to sue, you have proof that you paid for a service.
2. Don’t Fall for Door to Door Marketing
Local business rarely send someone door to door. It’s a cheap, easy way to market but it’s considered highly intrusive. So, most good local business avoid it like the plague.
Sure, sometimes  that’s bootstrapping its marketing may come knocking, but, it’s best to avoid this unless you know for sure that they have a good reputation in the city in which you live.
3. Contractor Offers big Savings Because They … Read More